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FReep Report: Cynthia McKinney's Veterans Town Hall Meeting May 18, 2002
me and my fellow FReepers | 5/18/2002 | FreedomPoster

Posted on 05/18/2002 4:12:55 PM PDT by FreedomPoster

As discussed on previous threads, Cynthia McKinney held a "Veterans Town Hall Meeting" today in Decatur, GA. Nine FReepers were there to make sure the public and any reporters realized that McKinney has never before been interested in veterans or the military, and it sure is strange that she's starting now. See this thread for the reasons why.

Those present were: Me (FreedomPoster); RobFromGa and his lovely twin freeperette daughters (7? 8? years old); AFVetGal; "Be not afraid!"; dansangel; .45MAN; WhiskeyPapa; Apple Pan Dowdy; and later, Atlantian

Special thanks to vigilantcitizen, who wanted to come, but got called into work at the last minute, and who provided sign materials and one professionally stenciled sign.
Special thanks also to "Be not afraid!"; who got the demonstration permit and then wouldn’t let anyone chip in to help pay for it. Next time, we’ll have to call the Southeastern Legal Foundation and see if we really need such a thing to exercise our free speech rights on public property. It sure didn’t feel right, and was not the battle we were fighting today.

We started arriving in front of the library starting around 11:30. Several of us ate sack lunches, we made signs, etc. Sign slogans included:

"DeKalb Deserves Better - Saudi Arabia Please Take Her!"
(a reference to her radical Muslim support and her begging to the Saudi Prince for the $10 million)
"I’m not Fonda McKinney"
"Hey Cynthia, what planet are you from?"
"Honk if you support veterans" (we got a lot of honks)
Of course, there were many flags in evidence, and I was wearing my flag-motif shirt and hat from the ’96 Olympic Games, so I really stood out.

A Decatur policeman stopped briefly, and we spoke with him, explaining "we’re just a bunch of friendly, law-abiding conservative political protesters." He could pretty easily profile us to see we were a peaceful crew. I commented that "we’re here because Ms. McKinney is such an idiot", and he chuckled and said there were probably a lot of people who thought that.

At around 12:15, we split into a front group and a rear group to cover the entrances. I had brought a pair of Talkabout radios, so we had good comms. We handed out flyers (this is a Word document) to many who were just going to the library, and also to some veterans there for the meeting. We told them we were there to protest Ms. McKinney’s sudden interest in the military and veterans, when she hadn’t cared about them in the ten years she’s been in office, that we thought she was trying to get some favorable publicity involving veterans, and that we were there to set the record straight.

It does appear that Ms. McKinney did send a letter to the national VFW. A very distinguished-looking gray-haired gentleman got out of a car. When asked if he were a veteran, he replied "Yes I am." We told him why were we there and gave him one of our fliers. It turns out he was President of the National VFW last year, and was there to be on her veteran’s panel, and to keep an eye on what was going on. I think he was genuinely glad to see us there. Only one of the local VFW people I spoke with last week had heard of hte event, though we did see several BVA members go in.

Around 12:30, Cynthia’s father, local rep Billy McKinney came and harangued the gathered Freepers. He ending up playing the race card pretty heavily at his closing with us, when he headed into the building. Several of the McKinney supporters played the "you’re just a bunch of rich white people" race/class warfare card. We pointed out that they were bringing up the racial issue, that as far as we were concerned, there was nothing racial about Cynthia’s anti-Americanism. We pointed out that some of us were supporting Cynthia’s black opponent in the primary, and one of us (Apple Pan Dowdy) was involved in the black civil rights movement in Birmingham in the 60’s.

Around 12:40, a late model, shiney Toyota Land Cruiser parked right across from the entrance we were at. Four BIG black guys, all wearing dark 3- and 4-button suits, got out and arrayed them around the upper level back entrance. We gathered most of the Freepers out back, figuring she would come in there. I hope Apple Pan Dowdy got a picture of these heavies. A side note - after having been the recipient of the race/class warfare nastiness of some of the McKinney supporters, I point out that the two nicest vehicles there by far were the heavies’ Land Cruiser, and the Mercedes AMG S55 with the Morehead College plates (local Atlanta black school) that a very nicely dressed black woman arrived in. Yes, we’re just evil rich white folks, and they're all just so poor.

Some of the security guys disappeared inside, a couple were standing next to us at the back upper level entrance, when whoosh, Cynthia snuck in the lower level back entrance. We did get in a couple of chants of:

Hey hey, ho-ho,
Commie McKinney’s got to go!

There had been a local Fox News cameraman around that we had spoken with, and just after McKinney went inside, his reporter sidekick arrived. We think it was Tony D'Astoli, but aren’t sure. In any case, they took some shots of the group en mass chanting with all the signs, and then they interviewed me. We didn’t make the Fox 6PM news, so I’ll have my VCR rolling for the Fox 10PM news.

After taking some more hateful racist vitriol from a McKinney supporter (we suggested she look in a mirror to see a racist), we migrated back out front and handed out more flyers to pedestrian and auto-mobile passers-by. An NBC Channel 11 local news cameraman came by and took some video of us all, and I made a few statements and did a little Q&A. Their evening 6PM local news was pre-empted by the Preakness and the NBA playoffs. He told us to watch the 11PM news. Hopefully we’ll get on there.

After discussing events, and what had occurred, we decided that waiting another 1-1/2 hours for the event to end was a bit much, and we all saddled up and headed home to lawn mowing, grocery trips, time with family, etc.

Even if we don’t get on any of the local news programs, we made more than a few people think, we handed out a small pile of flyers, and we let these anti-Americans know we are watching them closely.

All-in-all, we did some good, it was good to meet some Atlanta FReepers, and there will be more of us next time. Let's do it again soon, Atlantans!


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Breaking News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Georgia
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1 posted on 05/18/2002 4:12:55 PM PDT by FreedomPoster
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To: RobFromGa; AFVetGal; "Be not afraid!"; dansangel; .45MAN; WhiskeyPapa; Apple Pan Dowdy; Atlantian
Ping! I've got to go to a graduation party for a friend's daughter, I'll be back posting later.
2 posted on 05/18/2002 4:17:54 PM PDT by FreedomPoster
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To: FreedomPoster;dansangel; .45MAN
Great job. I thank all of you.
3 posted on 05/18/2002 4:18:33 PM PDT by lysie
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To: FreedomPoster
From this thread, we have:

Rep. Cynthia McKinney said,

"Today's revelations that the administration, and President Bush, were given months of notice that a terrorist attack was a distinct possibility points out the critical need for a full and complete congressional investigation." (Atlanta Journal & Constitution, "Revelations give boost to McKinney; But Miller, Norwood unapologetic" 5/17/02)

Ms. McKinney has voted: · AGAINST last week's Defense Authorization bill which provided increased military funding and a pay increase for military personnel. · THIRTEEN times AGAINST increased defense funds. · FOUR times to CUT military funding. · FIVE times to CUT intelligence funding. · TWICE AGAINST increased funds for modernizing military hardware. · REPEATEDLY voted AGAINST pay increases, funding for health care and housing for military personnel.

Americans know that President Bush when faced with credible information about a threat would act swiftly and strongly. It is terribly unfair to the victims and victim families of the terrible tragedy of September 11 for anyone to suggest anything to the contrary. Such statements are irresponsible and politically motivated.

I thought this was apropos to post on the thread about our Commie McKinney FReep.
4 posted on 05/18/2002 4:20:26 PM PDT by FreedomPoster
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To: FreedomPoster
What an excellent report!!

Thank you!

5 posted on 05/18/2002 4:21:07 PM PDT by Rheo
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To: FreedomPoster
;RobFromGa and daughters;AFVetGal;dansangel;.45MAN; WhiskeyPapa;Apple Pan Dowdy;Atlantian

Thank you.

6 posted on 05/18/2002 4:26:47 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: FreedomPoster
Again, I want to thank each of you if you missed it in the other post. You all carried yourselves well, and did us all here proud.
7 posted on 05/18/2002 4:27:12 PM PDT by backhoe
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To: FreedomPoster
Good group, good effort, and good results! Chase this vile, hate-filled fruitcake all over Georgia, y'all!
8 posted on 05/18/2002 4:33:50 PM PDT by IronJack
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To: FreedomPoster
Many attaboys, attagirls, and attatwins from the Houston Chapter (H.A.T.) Of all the idiots I would love to FReep, she is very high on the list.
9 posted on 05/18/2002 4:34:46 PM PDT by dix
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To: FreedomPoster; RobFromGa; AFVetGal; "Be not afraid!"; dansangel; .45MAN; WhiskeyPapa...
Excellent summary, FreedomPoster! This was a memorable first FReep for .45MAN and I.

I posted a small summary to the "Canteen" and "America the Right Way!" threads:

.45Man and I are back from our very first FReep. Just thought I would share some of our experiences.

We were involved in a FReep of Cynthia McKinney in Decatur, GA, organized by FreedomPoster and "BeNotAfraid!" McKinney is the one who charged the Bush Administration with knowing about the 9-11 attack beforehand and keeping it quiet in order to profit from it. Meanwhile, 21% of McKinney's financing is from Arab/Islam sources, She also disgraced the United States by offering to take the 10 million that Rudy Giuliani refused from a Saudi prince after 9-11.

McKinney has been gloating in the local media about being "vindicated" by the latest DemonRat attack on President Bush. She scheduled an appearance with the local VFW, ostensibly to show her "support" of the armed forces she has in the past shown open contempt for. It is not hard to figure out she was stumping for votes.

We had what we feel was a successful FReep. In attendance were: FreedomPoster; "BeNotAfraid!'" WhiskeyPapa; RobFromGa; AFVetGal, Atlantian; ApplePanDowdy, two extremely cute "mini-FReepers," (RobFromGA's adorable daughters), .45MAN and myself. McKinney avoided us by sneaking into an entrance we were not aware of. Her father, however, confronted us, reducing what might have been useful dialogue into a blatant playing of the "race card."

At one point, unfortunately, we were accused by the other side of being "Racist Nazis." That hurt a lot, but not being able to defend against facts, the McKinney supporters were reduced to typical name-calling and inflammatory remarks.

FreedomPoster acted as our spokesperson, being interviewed by both FOX5News of Atlanta and Channel 11. He was eloquent, poised and direct in his responses. A wonderful testimony to Free Republic.

.45MAN and I made some great friends today. Now that we've gotten our "feet wet," we can hardly wait for the next FReep here in Atlanta. Thank-you for your prayers and best wishes. Happy Armed Forces Day. We defended the honor of our Armed Forces against the opposition today.

God Bless all of those who defend our freedom, past, present and future.

AFVetGal has posted some photos to This Thread

Thanks to all for prayers and support.

10 posted on 05/18/2002 4:34:53 PM PDT by dansangel
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To: FreedomPoster
From a VFW Life Member, thank you.
11 posted on 05/18/2002 4:35:02 PM PDT by surely_you_jest
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To: lysander13135
Thanks to folks like you for your spiritual support.

God Bless you and your family.

12 posted on 05/18/2002 4:39:35 PM PDT by dansangel
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To: FreedomPoster
Thanks, and God Bless all of you! Bump, bump, bump.
13 posted on 05/18/2002 4:40:19 PM PDT by DoctorMichael
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To: FreedomPoster
Excellent! Good job, guys!
14 posted on 05/18/2002 4:47:03 PM PDT by stands2reason
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To: FreedomPoster
Every time I read FReeper reports or see FReeper photos, I'm reminded why our beloved President loves us so. You're good, decent folk who love your country ... thank you for doing this for us.

Pegita

15 posted on 05/18/2002 4:54:17 PM PDT by Pegita
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To: FreedomPoster

Hey,Hey, Ho,Ho...

Kabul Cindy's Got to go....

Thanks for all the preparation, it was a great FREEP. They need to know we're watching.

Eagles Up!!!
Rob, Amanda & NicoleFromGa

16 posted on 05/18/2002 5:01:18 PM PDT by RobFromGa
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To: FreedomPoster;RaceBannon
A great job, Atlanta needs a good FReepin'. I was down there visiting my daughter right after 9/11, the maggots started crawling out of their holes. I turned on my TV and I saw a bunch of people, if I grovel maybe they will kill me last, spouting the same BS that we in NE hear every week. FReep 'em, FReep 'em hard.

Permits: Up here if you counter protest a group that has a permit provided you don't use sound, no permit needed. the idea is that if you protest you can be expected to have counter protesters. If you protest, with signs and with out a permit as long as you keep moving you are a pedestrian, RaceBannon can fill you in on this.

If you are going to protest a POLITICAL thing, get a permit, get a permit with sound, designate the areas where your people will be, and inflate your numbers. Designate a person, with a copy of the permit to cover the areas you intend to protest. Megaphones are $77 bucks at "Radio Shack".

17 posted on 05/18/2002 5:13:59 PM PDT by Little Bill
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To: FreedomPoster
Outstanding sitrep, FP! Thanks for being our awesome 'fearless' leader. And, I do mean fearless. You walked right into the RATs' nest without backup and without backing down. I was so proud!
18 posted on 05/18/2002 5:14:49 PM PDT by Jen
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To: FreedomPoster
God Bless Yall!
19 posted on 05/18/2002 5:16:20 PM PDT by Chad Bagwell
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To: sidebar moderator
Please put this in Breaking News so more freepers can find out what happened today. Thank you.
20 posted on 05/18/2002 5:17:47 PM PDT by Jen
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To: FreedomPoster
Great FREEP!

THANKS

21 posted on 05/18/2002 5:20:20 PM PDT by Militiaman7
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To: FreedomPoster
Sounds like a great FReep and you FReeped the nutcase but good. Any pics of the goons?
22 posted on 05/18/2002 5:20:44 PM PDT by TLBSHOW
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To: FreedomPoster; RobFromGa; AFVetGal; "Be not afraid!"; dansangel; .45MAN; WhiskeyPapa...
I just wrote to everyone who's ever written to me from FNC, and requested (BEGGED!) that they get the tape from Fox 5 in Atlanta and air it! If they don't air it within 24 hours, I'll write to everybody else there!!

I wanna see it too!!!

Goooooo GA FReepers!! Mucho respect from --

Beep of FReep

and her

FReepublican Bassets

23 posted on 05/18/2002 5:44:55 PM PDT by Beep
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To: SLJP
So, we're posting pics now:

Lock s-foils in attack position...

24 posted on 05/18/2002 5:51:55 PM PDT by Chad Bagwell
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To: SLJP
Thank-you, ma'am. It was our pleasure!
25 posted on 05/18/2002 6:11:20 PM PDT by dansangel
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To: SLJP; viligantcitizen; all
Your slogan was great! I held a BIG sign that Viligantcitizen made which said:

(in red) Veteran NOT for McKinney!
(in Black)
In for a pound
In for a penny
Want a fool on the hill
Keep voting for McKinney

I wore a camoflauge military hat and had a US flag attached to the top of the sign.

26 posted on 05/18/2002 6:23:36 PM PDT by Jen
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To: .45Man, "BeNotAfraid", dansangel; applepandowdy, RobfromGa; sljp; freedomposter; backhoe...

(L to R)Half of group in front of library: .45Man, "BeNotAfraid", dansangel; applepandowdy, RobfromGa, Rob's twin daughters
Apple pan dowdy educates an Army veteran about McKinney's record and outrageous statements.
27 posted on 05/18/2002 6:28:34 PM PDT by Jen
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To: AFVetGal
Cool, AFVetGal....thanks for the pics!
28 posted on 05/18/2002 6:32:50 PM PDT by dansangel
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To: FreedomPoster;RobFromGa; AFVetGal; "Be not afraid!"; dansangel; .45MAN; WhiskeyPapa...
Fellow Georgia Freepers...

Hope the few materials that I supplied were a help. It took 2 hours of run time to do that one that I printed. Sorry I couldn't do more, but my machine has been running solid every minute I'm at work.

I really hated missing this Freep, as I was looking forward to meeting all of y'all, especially AFVetgal and Whiskeypa. But one bad facet of my career is our construction timelines are usually 2 weeks start to install.

I did have the great pleasure of meeting Freedom Poster when he came by the shop to pick up the sign materials. He and Benotafraid did an excellent job organizing this freep, which turned out well.

Maybe we should consider having a chapter meeting every 2 months or so.

Again, I apologize for missing the freep. When it was planned last week, I was working 40 hours a week my machine was still. After tomorrow, we'll have in 80 hours this week.

On top of that, Ms. VC's Grandmother is living her last days. So we have been making the trip to Rome every weekend to visit.

Y'all Georgia Freepers did an excellent job!! Hope to catch a clip on the news.

29 posted on 05/18/2002 6:40:41 PM PDT by Vigilantcitizen
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To: AFVetGal; viligant citizen
Sounds like a great combo!! I'll keep my eyes peeled for more pics! I hope that FNC gets Fox 5's tape! Enough people detest "McNinny" -- nationwide, thanks to her public offer to get Saudi Arabian kneepads!!

;-}

30 posted on 05/18/2002 6:43:03 PM PDT by Beep
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To: FreedomPoster
Sorry I am so late getting these on. Just got home. But here they are......

Here are a few photos of the Cynthia McKinney FReep.


This is Base Camp Alpha, headquarters for the entire operation, located at Jim's car parked in front of the library.



FReepers from left to right: BeNotAfraid, AFVetGal, .45MAN, FreedomPoster, WhiskeyPapa.



Freeper, .45MAN, displays more of our excellent signage.

FReepers from left to right: BeNotAfraid, AFVetGal, .45MAN, Apple Pan Dowdy, WhiskeyPapa, dansangel.



Freeper, WhiskeyPapa, displays some of our excellent signage.



Our fearless leader being interviewed by Fox News reporters.


Unfortunately I could not get any photos of Cynthia herself since her "keepers" snuck her in a back door to avoid us. However be not disappointed.....

Here is one from my archive of McKinney and her "people".



...and here's one of her constituency.

31 posted on 05/18/2002 6:53:05 PM PDT by Apple Pan Dowdy
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To: SLJP;AFVetgal;blam
Cocoa update....

As I posted the other evening, a couple who are very good friends of Ms.VC and I, had one of their labs shot by a neighbor. He shot her twice with a 12 ga. loaded with 00 buck shot.

When he shot the female chocolate lab, the wife was outside and she saw the whole thing. The husband was at work with me.

Fortunately, the bastards shooting reflects his manhood, as Cocoa will be coming home Monday. She took a round in the neck and chest area, and one in the hindquarters. She required surgery to remove shot from her chest. Most of the shot will be left where it is.

After he shot the dog, he left, and didn't return for 48 hours. Tomorrow, Carrol county will be picking his sorry a$% up on a animal cruelty warrant.

32 posted on 05/18/2002 6:53:06 PM PDT by Vigilantcitizen
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To: viligantcitizen
Thank-you for the signage materials. Your presence was definitely missed, but FreedomPoster saw to it that you were with us in spirit.

A meeting every couple of months is a super idea. Speaking for .45MAN and myself, I think a show of solidarity among GA FReepers is definitely in order.

Thank-you once again....prayers for Mrs. VC's grandmother.

33 posted on 05/18/2002 6:54:49 PM PDT by dansangel
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To: Apple Pan Dowdy
Most excellent, Apple Pan Dowdy! Thank-you for posting the pictures from our FReep. They came out great!
34 posted on 05/18/2002 6:58:28 PM PDT by dansangel
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To: SLJP
"Oh my! You have your plate full! My condolences regarding Miss VC's grandmother. Piper and Wilson (his name is in honor of Ronald Wilson Reagan, which is fitting today!) send slurps and wags, and cross their pawsies for Cocoa!! (I have a few words for the ^%$%* with the buckshot myself; may the buckshot wounds he inflicted be returned to him 1,000-fold!) (Piper and Wilson say "Ahrrrooooooo" to that too!)

Take good care, and prayers for all involved!

Blessings

Cocoa and her "parents" are very gratefull for the prayers. Katie Scarlett, the black lab, sends a big slurp and wag to Piper and Wilson.

35 posted on 05/18/2002 7:02:42 PM PDT by Vigilantcitizen
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To: Apple Pan Dowdy
Great pics, Apple Pan Dowdy. Thanks!
36 posted on 05/18/2002 7:03:56 PM PDT by Vigilantcitizen
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To: dansangel
It was Tony Thomas of Fox who interviewed me. He was just on, doing a report on arson in Hart County at some homes on Lake Hartwell.
37 posted on 05/18/2002 7:04:01 PM PDT by FreedomPoster
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To: Apple Pan Dowdy
Great! Thanks for the pics. Did you take any of Cynthia's heavies? I'd have loved to see one of those up here.
38 posted on 05/18/2002 7:07:20 PM PDT by FreedomPoster
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To: FreedomPoster
WOO-HOO! There we are on Fox! And there I am with the best quote possible! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!
39 posted on 05/18/2002 7:10:23 PM PDT by FreedomPoster
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To: dansangel
"Thank-you for the signage materials. Your presence was definitely missed, but FreedomPoster saw to it that you were with us in spirit.

A meeting every couple of months is a super idea. Speaking for .45MAN and myself, I think a show of solidarity among GA FReepers is definitely in order.

Thank-you once again....prayers for Mrs. VC's grandmother.

Yes, we need to make the Atlanta/Georgia chapter a force to be reckoned with. The socialist UN shills have been running amok unabated in my hometown for long enough, it's time we became a severe hemmoroid in all their lives.

Lastly, thank you very much for your kind words for the "not yet but soon to be" Mrs.VC's Grandmother. On a good note, she is in her seventies, has been married to a great man for 50 years, and has had a good life. She IS Heaven bound.

40 posted on 05/18/2002 7:10:27 PM PDT by Vigilantcitizen
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To: rdb3; Khepera; elwoodp; maknight; South40; condolinda; mafree; trueblackman; FRlurker...
Black conservative ping

If you want on (or off) of my black conservative ping list, please let me know.

41 posted on 05/18/2002 7:11:56 PM PDT by mhking
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To: FreedomPoster
YEEEEEHHHAAAAAAAAWWWWWW!!!!!

YOU GO FreedomPoster!

A most excellent sound-bite!!!!!!

BRAVO - And THANK-YOU for making us proud!!!!

42 posted on 05/18/2002 7:13:21 PM PDT by dansangel
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To: FreedomPoster
I just watched the 10pm FOX local news and there we were! FreedomPoster's (Jim) statement was awsome. Great job everyone!
43 posted on 05/18/2002 7:14:20 PM PDT by Apple Pan Dowdy
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To: FreedomPoster
The short clip with my comment clearly shows my name and "Free Republic Network". The local Fox guys got it right. I'll have to send them a thank-you email.
44 posted on 05/18/2002 7:14:47 PM PDT by FreedomPoster
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To: FreedomPoster
Don't you know that their standard reply when they don't get their way is:".....Because I'm black".
45 posted on 05/18/2002 7:15:10 PM PDT by sport
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To: FreedomPoster
YOU DA MAN!!!!

Seriously, you did a great job! And it was a great pleasure to meet a fellow freeper...

The great pics that everyone has posted makes missing it a little better.

I wished I had time to make more printed signs, but y'all did great with the written ones.

46 posted on 05/18/2002 7:15:10 PM PDT by Vigilantcitizen
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To: Apple Pan Dowdy
Great photos APD! Love those graphics too. hahahaha
47 posted on 05/18/2002 7:18:07 PM PDT by Jen
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To: Apple Pan Dowdy; FreedomPoster; WhiskeyPapa; AFVetGal; RobFromGA; Atlantian; "BeNotAfraid!"; .45Man
A great big "HIGH-FIVE" to y'all. We caught it on tape....now, anyone have ATT broadband? Is Channel 6 Channel 11?

LOL!

48 posted on 05/18/2002 7:19:14 PM PDT by dansangel
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To: FreedomPoster
OUTSTANDING job FP as organizer and spokesman! You represented FR very well! Jen
49 posted on 05/18/2002 7:19:27 PM PDT by Jen
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To: FreedomPoster
To answer your question about whether I got any shots of Cynthia's heavies........ no, sorry. I have always heard that you can get into a lot of trouble publishing photos without someone's permission so I was afraid to do any of anyone besides us. In retrospect... now I wish I had done so. I will know better next time. This was all a learning experience for me.
50 posted on 05/18/2002 7:20:11 PM PDT by Apple Pan Dowdy
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